The Short Story

The Short Story

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Long regarded as an undervalued and marginalised genre, the short story is undergoing a renaissance. The Short Story celebrates its unique appeal. Practitioners and scholars address the issues facing short story criticism in the 21st century. Author A.L. Kennedy shares the pleasures and frustrations of writing the short story in the literary marketplace. This is followed by an assessment of recent attempts to promote short story readership in the UK. Other contributors look at forms such as the short-short and the short story sequence. The range of authors discussed includes Martin Amis, Anita Desai, Salman Rushdie and James Joyce. The short story is the most international of genres; this is reflected in chapters on Jorge Luis Borges and Italo Calvino and on Japanese short fiction. Postcolonial and translation theory are combined with the close reading of specific texts. Neglected authors, such as the Welsh writer Dorothy Edwards and the colonial figure Frank Swettenham, are re-evaluated and we also consider genre writing, with chapters on crime fiction and Ray Bradburya€™s Martian Chronicles. Integrating theory and practice, The Short Story will appeal both to writers and to students of literary criticism.Where do you draw the line formally between a novella and a long short story and a short-short story and a literary letter? There are so many gradations or forms. The only form where I felt particularly I was doing something different, from theanbsp;...

Title:The Short Story
Author:Ailsa Cox
Publisher:Cambridge Scholars Publishing - 2009-03-26


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